Year 3 Blog
Welcome to Lydgate Junior School.
We aim to ensure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable and exciting education.
We feel that our school is a true reflection of the community we serve. Lydgate children are well motivated and come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Within the school community we appreciate the richness of experience that the children bring to school. This enhances the learning experiences of everyone and it also gives all pupils the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other by working and playing together. We want your child's time at Lydgate to be memorable for the right reasons - that is, a happy, fulfilling and successful period of his/her childhood.
Welcome to Year 3!
The Y3 Team includes Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Roberts & Mrs Noble (3AR). We have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain. Mrs Proctor, one of our regular volunteers, also helps out in all four classes.
We will use this blog to keep you up-to-date with all the exciting things that we do in Year 3, share some of the things that the children learn and show you some of their fantastic work. We hope you enjoy reading it!
The Y3 team.
Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.
The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Parker (5AP), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Miss Reasbeck and Mrs Ridsdale (5RR) and Mrs Holden (5SH). . Many children are supported by Mrs Hill and Mrs Allen (the Year 5Teaching Assistants) who work with children across the 4 classes. Our Year 5 teaching team aims to create a stimulating learning environment that is safe, happy, exciting and challenging, where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential.
As a parent or carer, you play a massively important role in your child's development and we'd love to work closely with you. Please feel free to make an appointment to see us if you want to discuss your child's attitude to learning, their progress, attainment or anything else that might be on your mind. We'd also love to hear from you if you have any skills that we could use to make our Year 5 curriculum even more exciting. Are you an avid reader, a talented sportsman, a budding artist, a mad scientist or a natural mathematician? Would you be willing to listen to children read on a regular basis? If so, please contact your child’s class teacher. Similarly, if you have a good idea, a resource, a 'contact' or any other way of supporting our learning in year 5, please let us know.
We are working very hard to ensure your child has a successful year 5, please help us with this by ensuring your child completes and returns any homework they are given each week. If there are any issues regarding homework or your child finds a particular piece of homework challenging, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. In order to help improve your child’s reading skills, increase their vocabulary and develop their comprehension skills, we also ask that you listen to your child read and ask them questions to ensure they have understood what they have read.
We look forward to keeping you up to date on the exciting things that we do in year 5 through our year group blog.
The Year 5 Team
We are the children in Y6 at Lydgate Junior School. There are 120 of us and our teachers are: Mrs Purdom, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Loosley and Mrs Wymer. Our Monday and Thursday morning teachers are Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mr Jones.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Biggs and Mrs Dawes. We use this space to share all of the great things that are happening in our classrooms. Join us each week on our learning journey....
On Wednesday, we held a 'Languages and Cultures Day' when some of our bilingual children (and their parents) taught us some different languages and talked about the countries that their families are from.
We all enjoyed the day and learnt a lot (including the teachers!). Here is a summary of what we did:
In Y3D/D, Natasha and her mum talked to us about Ukraine. We learned that the flag is blue at the top (to represent the sky) and yellow at the bottom (to represent fields of wheat). We then learnt how to say some words in Russian and how to write our names in Russian. After that, Maya and her mum taught us about Japan and how to say some words in Japanese. We learned how to write our names in Japanese and made bookmarks. Maya's mum dressed Maya in a kimono and we found out how complicated it is to put on! We finished the morning by trying some orange drop cookies (a Russian recipe) which had been made by Harry, Laurie and Poppy. In the afternoon, we made Russian dolls out of paper and learned some simple origami.
In Y3R/W, Jai-Hui and Amelia's Mums taught us greetings in Chinese and we learned about how some of the Chinese characters developed from pictures. They taught us a song about making a cup of tea for mum after her hard day. We learned about Malaysia (were Jai-Hui's family are from) and China (where Amelia's family are from) and acted out TV travel shows to China. In the afternoon, Anna and her mum talked about Bulgaria and taught us some words in Bulgarian, then we played bingo! Some children in our class made Bulgarian cheese snacks for us all to try.
Y3CW and Y3CT worked together for the day and we were visited by Maria's mum (Russia), Younes' mum (Palestine) and Pranavi's mum (India). We learned about traditional dress, learnt our numbers by singing an Indian song and spelt our names in Arabic. We learned that Maria's mum is from the coldest habitable place in the World (as cold as -76) and that the part of Russia she is from is famous for enormous diamond mines. At the end of the morning, we all enjoyed trying Russian orange biscuits that had been made by some of the children in our classes. In the afternoon, we learned about Russian dolls and made our own sets of them out of paper.
Thank you so much to all the people who volunteered to come into school to make it an interesting and exciting day for us.
All of the classes in Year 3 have now agreed on their Class Charter and designed how they want to display this in their class.
The children started by deciding which rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are most important to them in school and thought about how they can help to respect each others rights. They discussed the roles and responsibilities of the children and the adults in school to ensure that all children have these rights and wrote this as a class charter.
Next, the children designed how they would like to display their Class Charter and decided which one to use by voting.
Y3D/D decided to put their rights and responsibilities into large bubbles being blown by someone. They all signed their names in smaller bubbles.
Y3CT decided that they would like a Minions disco theme and made a picture of themselves as a Minion.
Y3CW chose a skydiving theme and made pictures of themselves as skydivers.
Y3R/W decided to make personalised designs out of their names to sign their charter.
We have all enjoyed our first week in Year 3 and we have been really busy!
As well as learning our way around and new routines, we have written letters to our teachers, read 'Flat Stanley' by Jeff Brown, carried out investigations with the number 100, made self portraits, learnt a Spanish rhyme, played maths games on the computers, played football outside, talked about 'wants and needs', taken part in an Atlas quiz, and much more!
Here are some pictures of our amazing self portraits on our class welcome displays:
This week, Year 3 were visited by Sheffield City Council's Deputy Leader, Leigh Bramall.
The visit was arranged as a follow up to our school's work on the general election in May and allowed the children to gain an even greater understanding of democracy by asking a 'real-life' politician about their work. Councillor Bramall answered a number of questions posed by the children including:
What do you do?
Why are you closing nurseries and libraries?
What do you spend all the money on?
Why can't you just print more money if you haven't got any left?
Why do you need 84 councillors?
Do you think David Cameron is nice?
How did you feel when Ed Miliband resigned?
The children thoroughly enjoyed having a special guest in our year group assembly and have gone away knowing a lot more about how local democracy works and, in particular, the role of local councillors.
Last Wednesday we held a maths day in school. We started by reading a book called 'If the World Were a Village'. We learned that there are more than 7 billion people on this planet and picturing such a huge number is very difficult! In the book, it imagines that the World population is a village of just 100 people. It then gives data about things such as what nationality people are, what languages they speak, how many have electricity, safe water, enough food to eat and breathe clean air.
We thought about how we could present this data in different ways and made posters representing the information in our own way.
We also spent some time thinking about very large numbers (we went up a quadrillion!). We read that if we counted from one to 1 million, it would take approximately 23 days and to 1 trillion would take almost 200,000 years! We discovered that if we arranged a million 1p coins in a square it would measure approximately 20m across!
At the end of the day, we turned our classrooms into a maths gallery for other classes to visit to see what we'd been working on.
We had a lot of fun with numbers, but also learned some serious messages about how difficult life is for some people in the World.